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29 June 1907

  • The Girlhood of a Man by N. O. Body is reviewed in the New Zealand Herald (Berlin, Germany). The autobiography of "Nobody" was published in Berlin. It documents the life of Nora/Norbet who was born in 1884. Link: Papers Past

27 July 1928

  • The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall is published (United Kingdom). The lesbian-themed novel is later judged obscene by a British court and banned. Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past

16 November 1928

  • A court decides the book The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall is obscene (United Kingdom). The judge orders the book to be destroyed. Link: Wikipedia


  • A Way of Love (1959) by James Courage is banned (New Zealand). The book is censored on "grounds of indecency, and because it lacked redeeming literary merit". It is banned under the censorship provisions in place prior to the setting up of the Indecent Publications Tribunal in 1964. Links: Te Ara, WorldCat


  • Up From Under magazine is published by Wellington Women's Liberation Front (Wellington)

July 1972

  • The Broadsheet publication begins (Auckland). It was New Zealand's first feminist magazine


  • G.L.F. Gay Liberation Front is published (New Zealand)

June 1973

  • The cover of Broadsheet shows two lesbians (New Zealand)

December 1973

  • Circle publication begins (Wellington). Published by Sisters for Homophile Equality (SHE), it is later renamed Lesbian Feminist Circle

April 1974

  • Circle magazine is marked "strictly not for men" (New Zealand). It is later changed to "women only"


  • Spiral women's art magazine begins (New Zealand)

April 1976

  • Diana Marvel Speaks magazine begins (Wellington). The magazine is published by a Radical Feminist Caucus including members of the Wellington Feminist Collective

September 1977

  • OUT! Magazine begins publication (Auckland). OUT! was originally published by the Gay Publishing Collective It grew out of New Zealand Gay News which began in 1975. The first edition of OUT! Magazine was the September/October 1977 issue. Links:, LAGANZ

14 May 1979

  • Pink Triangle magazine begins (New Zealand). The magazine is produced by the National Gay Rights Coalition and is an important source of news and feature articles. The magazine is distributed nationally, with the first issue published on 14 May 1979. The magazine's last issue is September/October 1990. Link: Auckland Museum


  • Behind Enemy Lines newsletter begins (Wellington)
  • Bitches, Witches and Dykes newsletter begins (Auckland)

May 1980

  • New Zealand's first gay feature film Squeeze premieres (New Zealand). The film was originally titled Night Moves

October 1980

  • The National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand is published (New Zealand). The publication is a mail-out to members of minutes of a meeting of the Coalition's executive, held in Wellington on 27 and 28 September. Link: WorldCat


  • How to work with the media: a manual for lesbian and gay rights groups is published (New Zealand). The manual is published by the National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand


  • A Figurehead: A Face by poet Heather McPherson is published (Wellington region). The book is New Zealand's first poetry book by an openly out lesbian writer. Link: Kobo

6 December 1983

  • Television: Customs Department have been opening Out magazine's mail (New Zealand). ref: TZP128095. Customs Department have been opening Out's mail, to the outrage of the gay magazine's publisher. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 April 1984

  • Television: interview with Sheila Kitzinger, author of Womens Experience of Sex (New Zealand). ref: TZP12640. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 December 1984

  • Television: protest by anti-pornography lobby against Arthur Everards film censorship standards (New Zealand). ref: TZP12626. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision


  • The Lesbian Feminist Circle publication ends (New Zealand)

May 1987

  • Glad Rag magazine begins publication (Wellington)

15 September 1988

  • Carmen Rupe's autobiography is published (New Zealand). "Carmen - my life - as told to Paul Martin" is released on 15 September 1988. An OUT! magazine advert (January 1989) reads "My life, from schoolboy to successful businesswoman as told to Paul Martin. Buy my book and read all about me."

21 March 1989

September 1990

  • Pink Triangle magazine ends (New Zealand). The magazine was published by the National Gay Rights Coalition. It was an important source of news and feature articles and was distributed nationally. The first issue was published on 14 May 1979. Link: Auckland Museum


  • The Ever so slightly naughty Gay BC cookbook is published (Wellington). The book is published by the Gay Broadcasting Collective (Gay BC) who have a weekly programme on Wellington Access Radio
  • The Shining City by Stevan Eldred-Grigg is published (New Zealand)

26 June 1991

  • Man to Man publication begins (New Zealand). It starts out as a 4-page pamphlet but by mid 1995 it has grown into a fully-fledged newspaper called Express. In 2014 Express changes to a monthly magazine format with accompanying website. Links: National Library, Gay Express

9 November 1991

  • Heather McPherson launches Other World Relations at Unity Books (Wellington)
  • The short fiction book Dangerous Desires by Peter Wells is launched (Auckland). The book would later win the Reed Fiction Award for 1991. Link: National Library


  • A pink book : a collection of readings on aspects of EEO and gay men by Phil Parkinson is published (Wellington)

April 1992

  • The Human Rights Commission publishes the discussion paper Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation (New Zealand)

June 1992

  • The underground newsletter Bog Spy publication begins (Auckland). The newsletter is about sexual activity in Auckland's public toilets


  • The short fiction book Sweet and Sour Cocktails by Robert Leek is published (New Zealand)

April 1993

  • The Taranaki Lesbian Newsletter begins publication (Taranaki region)

November 1993

  • Devotion: a lesbian and gay celebration is published (Wellington). It's published by Sprung! Productions and Caspers


  • The poetry book The Body of Man by David Herkt is published (New Zealand)

22 June 1995

  • The last issue of Man to Man is published (New Zealand). It is replaced by the fully-fledged newspaper Express. In 2014 Express changes to a monthly magazine format with accompanying website. Links: National Library, Gay Express


  • 10 Years Since The Bill is published by Spectrum (Nelson). The booklet is published on the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, and recalls the campaign and perspectives of people in the Nelson region. The text is later published online. Link: Spectrum

12 February 1997

  • Best Mates: Gay Writing in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Peter Wells and Rex Pilgrim is launched (Auckland). The book is launched in the Wintergardens at the Auckland Domain


  • OUT! Magazine ends publication (New Zealand). Link: LAGANZ

14 February 2017

  • The children's fairy tale book Promised Land is published (New Zealand). The book is co-authored by Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris. Link:

11 November 2021